Strata property matters

How much is the strata fees per apartment in a large complex with gardens and pool facilities? I just need an approximate value. The complex has 300 units in 9 Apartment blocks. – Nelly, NSW

In addition to the available facilities, number and dimensions of properties, there are a number of factors that could affect the …

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My unit has a leaking cold water pipe under the slab inside the unit. Who is responsible for the repairs? – Kevin, QLD

You need to reach out to your body corporate manager and familiarise yourself with the boundaries of properties. Find out if …

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How do I get a certificate of non-coverage from body corporate? I needed to replace my carpet after the hot water heater burst and the insurance has requested this. – Rob, NSW

You can ask your strata manager to connect directly with their insurance provider, and they should be able to help you …

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Can a body corporate not permit a restaurant owner/renter from putting energy-saving solar panels on the roof to cut down electricity bills? – Judith, QLD

Body corporates may have the power to place restrictions on alterations made to the exterior of a building such as the …

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What are the regulations for noise control in strata properties and who should pay for a noise assessment report? – Vincent, NSW

The neighbour complained my bathroom fan is noisy in the strata building. What are the regulations for noise control in strata? …

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Who is responsible for repair costs relating to retaining walls between my villa and common property? Greg, NSW

If it’s part of common property under a strata scheme, your strata committee would be responsible for maintaining this. It depends …

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Does strata pay for external washing of windows on the second storey of my townhouse? – Erica, NSW

Your levy payments or fees are likely to cover this type of service, but this depends on the by-laws in place …

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Our strata electricity bill is very high. Which supplier do you recommend we contact to reduce this cost? – Olwyn S, NSW

Perhaps you’re already on a good plan and probably have other reasons for the high electricity bills. Anything from a faulty …

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What rights do committee members have to vote against the strata committee’s decisions in regard to common property?  – Chris, NSW

All committee members must make a decision that is in the best interests of the property overall.

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How could I go about changing the rules without writing to all owners?  – Ben, VIC

For matters only affecting the committee, a general or special committee meeting can be called.

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Someone in my building is making a lot of noise at night. What can I do?

You should always try to resolve the problem yourself first by calmly approaching them.

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